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Beware These Signs of a Plumbing Leak

November 26th, 2018

bursted copper pipe with water leaking out, 3d illustrationChances are at some time or another you’ve had to deal with a plumbing problem of some kind. One of the most common of those is the ever formidable leak. But what makes them so scary?

Well, there’re a few things. First of all, even if a leak seems “minor,” like a dripping faucet or the like, it can create gallons of wasted water over the course of a year. A “minor” plumbing problem can trick you into thinking it’s not that big of a deal. That is, until you notice the cost of your water usage starting to rise.

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Are You Having a Furnace Startup Problem?

November 12th, 2018

Young woman shivering during the winter seasonThat time of year is here again—it’s time to start using our heaters on a regular basis for a few months or more.

Let’s say you get up one morning though, and your furnace isn’t running—so you go to the thermostat and turn up the heat. You wait … and nothing happens. You panic. Is your furnace completely broken down? Do you need a new one?

We’ll be honest, if you have an older system and/or you have skipped your maintenance appointment, this is a possibility. However, there could be a number of reasons a furnace would fail to startup or turn on for another cycle. Yes, you should call for professional heating services in Ashburn when this occurs, but in the meantime we’ve shared some information below on what might be going on.

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Do Ductless Systems Have Unique Repair Needs?

October 29th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.The short answer to this is, “yes.” But that shouldn’t deter you from considering this HVAC system as your next home comfort installation, if you don’t already have one! This is actually one of the most common options for heating and cooling in modern homes, and for good reason. Instead of operating through a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless systems break up the indoor unit and blower fans to distribute air throughout the home by use of mini air handlers mounted on the wall in each of the rooms intended to be heated or cooled.

This set up allows for effective and efficient heating and cooling around the home. But it is important to know that ductless heat pump systems do have special needs and can malfunction in the same way a regular heat pump or air conditioner can, just with a few added factors to consider.

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Are Your Pipes Prepared for Winter Weather?

October 15th, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoWhile our temperatures certainly haven’t dropped to the point of freezing yet, we all know how hard winter can hit and the weather can take a turn. If you’re putting off any winter preparation for your home until we progress a bit more into fall, we urge you to reconsider. Particularly when it comes to your Reston, VA plumbing system.

Plumbing systems are not something a whole lot of homeowners think about on a routine basis. This is especially true for plumbing problems, such as frozen pipes. However, frozen pipes occur in enough homes for it to be worth preparing your pipes. Remember, even just a couple consecutive days of below 30°F weather can result in frozen pipes, which leads to burst pipes. Can you avoid this?

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Unique Ductless Needs to Be Aware Of

October 1st, 2018

person holding remote to turn on ductless air handlerWhen it comes to choosing the right cooling (and heating) system for your home, there are a number of factors to consider. You’ll want to look at the size of your home, your budgetary needs, how efficient the HVAC system is, and more. Our staff is here to help you make an educated decision in the manner. One system we frequently recommend to our clients is the ductless system, and for good reason!

Operating on heat pump technology, a ductless system can effectively cool your home in the summer while just as effectively heating it in the winter. This makes them a great choice for homeowners looking to replace both systems, install a new air conditioner altogether, or homeowners who just don’t want to deal with the indoor air quality and efficiency loss issues that ductwork can bring.

But they aren’t right for every home, and it is important to be aware of some of the repair needs you can run into if your system is not professionally installed or serviced, which we’ve highlighted below.

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It’s Time: Make That End-of-Season AC Repair Call Now!

September 17th, 2018

male technician working on outside AC unitIf you had maintenance done before the summer season began, we hope you can confidently say that you don’t have any end-of-season AC repair needs now. But if you did not have maintenance done, or if you didn’t follow up with repair needs after that tune-up, then you might certainly have some repair issues you should watch out for as you prepare to turn off your cooling system for the fall and winter seasons.

There are some repair needs in particular that our HVAC professionals see more than others. Again, this is especially true if you skipped your annual maintenance appointment and as we near the end of summer—your air conditioner has been put under a lot of stress for the last few months!

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“What’s Causing My AC to Hard Start?”

September 3rd, 2018

top corner view of an outside air conditioning unitFirst off, if you don’t already know what hard starting is, allow us to elaborate. This name is given to a condition that can impact air conditioner and other mechanical devices (like your car, for instance) when the motors and compressor responsible for operating the system have trouble coming on and staying on.

If you’re unsure of whether or not your AC has an issue with this, pay attention when it comes up. Is the air conditioner stuttering as it attempts to start, but then cycles off soon after coming to life? Are you hearing clicking and grinding noises when this occurs, too? Then your AC is hard starting. But why?

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Suspect a Leak? Here’s What to Do

August 20th, 2018

homeowner on phone inspecting leak underneath sinkA leak is quite easily one of the biggest enemies to plumbing systems everywhere. But what makes a leak such a feared antagonist? Well, there are a number of factors at play here. First off, even those leaks you may consider “minor,” like dripping faucets, can waste gallons of water throughout the months. These small leaks trick you into thinking they aren’t a big deal, and then the cost of your water use starts to add up.

Bigger leaks waste water too, of course, and can also do extensive damage to your property. These leaks can happen behind walls or even beneath your flooring. In fact, most leaks are hidden, so they can do a lot of damage before you even notice them. Since so much of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and since leaks can happen anywhere there is a pipe, it is essential you know how to spot trouble. Once you suspect a leak, you’ll want to get in touch with a professional plumber. But, how do you check?

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How to Avoid Plumbing Catastrophes

August 6th, 2018

Woman calling a plumber service to fix drain pipe blockage.The plumbing system within your home is vast and complex, connecting a number of different appliances via yards of pipes. It’s one of those systems that you rely on daily, but probably don’t think very much about.

As such, it can be hard to keep in good shape! However, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that your plumbing system serves you as best as it can for the years to come. Read on for some tips from our professional Fairfax, VA plumbers on how to take great care of your plumbing system, and ultimately reduce your risk of facing a plumbing catastrophe.

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Can UV Light Be Good for You?

July 23rd, 2018

uv lightWell, if history is any indication, then absolutely yes! What are we talking about? Over a century ago, Professor Niels Finsen won the Nobel Prize for Physiology of Medicine for discovering that diseases can be treated with concentrated UV light rays.

That’s not exactly what we’re getting into here. However we want to use that to highlight the fact that when implemented the right way, UV light can actually do a lot for your health by improving your indoor air quality. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to consider the installation of a UV air purifier in Ashburn, VA.

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